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Something light, for the weekend! I know it’s a retarded post, but what the hey, I’m on my week’s vacation.

Am I the only one that thinks the ending line is genius?


Filed under: mrs lewis, nike

Peanutbutter Motherfucker!

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Who here hasn’t heard of Paul Rand? Please, close this blog, and shove a sharp object in your nose, as you run towards a wall.

Rand was a “business problem solver and an artist”. In this video, Steve Jobs (CEO of Apple) discusses the great, (logo) designer, Paul Rand. Problem solve first, design later.

I’m quite positive that this video has been around for quite some time (since it was filmed in 1993), but for those who missed it here is an interview with Apple CEO, Steve Jobs, discussing his logo designer, Paul Rand – Steve is one happy client (effin’ sigh!). Just to be clear, this is about back when he was in NeXT. Damn, is he an alchemist?

This was my first time seeing this interview and it was extremely inspiring to see a client speak so highly of their logo designer and appreciate the value of design so thoughtfully. Does this ever happen in real life?

Anyway, I like what he says about Paul offering ONE solution, instead of options. It’s a risky tactic, but I agree. The more solutions you give the client, the more you confuse him.

In the end, instead of asking you what you think, if you could let me just copy-paste a quote.

“Design is everything. Everything!” Paul Rand

Filed under: kill-self, paul, rand

Professions that shouldn’t exist, part one: Human Resources

Okay, this blog is beginning to resemble more and more “What really grinds my gears” by Peter Griffin.

But screw that, let’s get back to the point. For any of you human resources people reading this, I don’t care that I will never get my CV read by you ever again, because frankly, I don’t really think you CAN read.

Here is a list of bullshit:

  1. What is HR, really? It’s the official profession of large female mouth-breathers and people who have no ambition. It is closest thing to working for the government outside of…working for the government. The whole department is an entrenched intracorporate bureaucracy which spends its days finding cipherlike ways to spend money, mainly to justify its own existence. They are a bunch of under qualified people that think they have the right to asses your knowledge, your accomplishments based on the company’s set of rules. But tell me this: can a HR guy tell me something about the golden ratio, about the color theories, or even the difference between RGB and CMYK? Although in certain countries, HR has been present since the agricultural days of the 1900s, I find it very hard to believe that they have the skill to know whether or not I’m bluffing in my CV, if I’m bullshitting in the interviewing process just to seem like I am a genius in design.
  2. Managers perennially ask why employees don’t do what they are supposed to do. While part of the responsibility falls on choices individual employees make, managers need to shoulder part of the blame, too. On stupid HR people that don’t know what a job requirement is. Employees want to succeed at work. I don’t know a single person who gets up in the morning and says, “I think I’ll go to work to suck donkey balls today.” Many of the reasons employee responsibility fails are due to a failure in the employee management systems. Shouldn’t the HR people know more about your job than you, the simple man? But then again, I ask you this: shouldn’t the senior designers in the company interview or look for the right candidate in their department? Whose fault is it when you get hired on a job that has hidden requirements?
  3. Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple provides this insight into HR (Source: Stepwise):

    Ms Smith (prospective vicepresident of HR at Apple) describes how Mr. Jobs was hostile from the start of the interview:

    He told me my background wasn’t suitable for the position. Sun is a good place, he said, but ‘Sun is no Apple,’ ” recalls Smith with a laugh. “He said he would have eliminated me as a candidate from the start.

    Jobs offered Ms Smith the opportunity to ask questions.

    She asked, “What is the corporate strategy?” Jobs replied, “We’re only disclosing our strategy on a ‘need-to-know’ basis.”

    Next, she asked why Jobs wanted a VP of Human Resources when it was well known that he was “not a big fan of HR.” According to Smith, Jobs replied,

    “I’ve never met one of you who didn’t suck. I’ve never known an HR person who had anything but a mediocre mentality.”

    After this, Jobs’s assistant knocked on the door, informing him that “the call you were waiting for is holding.” The interview was over, leaving Ms Smith’s emotions a smoking ruin.

  4. What the fuck is wrong with y’all?! There are thousands of people that send in e-mails, faking interest in your shitty companies, doing research to have that extra chance to a minimum wage, and what do you do?! YOU DON’T REPLY TO THEIR E-MAILS! FUCK YOU. Is it that you are one of the significantly large segment of the one-finger-keyboard-typing market? Is it that you are so fucking stupid that you cannot read or open documents? Is it that you simply ignore people while having your bitter coffee and doughnut every morning? Tell me, I am dying to know.
  5. Finally, when you do decide to call some poor schmuck to an interview, do you notify him of following interviews, in case there’s a final interview, or if he didn’t make it to the finals? NO, YOU DON’T, because you fucking suck. Even though there are some people, like myself, that are natural assholes, and insistently and politely write you a followup e-mail, asking you nicely if I should bother with your existence longer. Again, no answer. Die.

What do you think?

Filed under: hr, sucks


Normally I wouldn’t stress you with my personal matters, but what the hey. It’s my blog, so I can write whatever comes to mind. Poppycock.
As the title says, I need your help in a serious matter. Looking for an apartment to rent in Bucharest. Something close to the center: Romana, Universitatii, Victoriei. It has to be close to a park, have a nice view, and be cheap.
And no, it’s not a longshot. People should reevaluate their services before asking for 500 euros for one room. For fuck’s sake, I can find a place to stay with that amount in dead center Tokyo!
So anyway, if you know somebody that knows somebody, if you have what I’m asking for, write me an e-mail, comment here, or twitter here.
There will be a surprise involved. Thanks!

Filed under: apartment, rent

Inspiration, episode one. The pilot.

Every now and then, I am going to write a little something about artists I know and admire. Parce que je veux devenir artiste!

The great Joseph Clement Coll – I am sorry Wikipedia has such a small article – (1881-1921) drew like he was conducting a damn symphony orchestra.

From the Kelly Collection of American Illustration

Note in the following close up the range of effects Coll employed– the difference between the fine pen lines and the broad brush strokes; the difference between the accuracy of the eyelashes and the almost abstract wiping of a dry brush on the cloak; and notice how Coll achieved the value he wanted for the background by first painting it with ink, then scratching it with a blade:

Coll’s line was vigorous and varied and confidently rendered. No simple, monotonous shading here. Look at how his line curls and twists and plays in ways that would not be visible to the reader of the printed page in Coll’s era, but which nevertheless contributes to the overall vitality of the drawing. I couldn’t draw like this even if I was higher than Towelie.

James Montgomery Flagg, another talented pen and ink artist, gave a good description of his superior, Coll:

“There is no doubt that he was one of the few masters of pen and ink in the world…. He found romance in a story and doubled it, lavishly, prodigally. He gave himself in his work instead of selling his signature on half-heated stencils. In short, he was a great artist.”

Well said. What artists influence you?

Filed under: clement, coll, inspiration, joseph, one

At last, my greatest invention is now completed! Wait, what the?!

Serial innovators Bre Pettis and Kio Stark came together to produce what we now call “The Cult of Done Manifesto”. As Bre explains,

“it was written in 20 minutes because we only had 20 minutes to get it done”.

Talk about giving a genius answer.
The manifesto, reprinted below, inspired technical illustrator James Provost to represent the manifesto as a poster (below). No word on how long that took.

So, without further adue: The Cult of Done Manifesto

  1. There are three states of being. Not knowing, action and completion.
  2. Accept that everything is a draft. It helps to get it done.
  3. There is no editing stage.
  4. Pretending you know what you’re doing is almost the same as knowing what you are doing, so just accept that you know what you’re doing even if you don’t and do it.
  5. Banish procrastination. If you wait more than a week to get an idea done, abandon it.
  6. The point of being done is not to finish but to get other things done.
  7. Once you’re done you can throw it away.
  8. Laugh at perfection. It’s boring and keeps you from being done.
  9. People without dirty hands are wrong. Doing something makes you right.
  10. Failure counts as done. So do mistakes.
  11. Destruction is a variant of done.
  12. If you have an idea and publish it on the internet, that counts as a ghost of done.
  13. Done is the engine of more.

Filed under: done

Just a little reminder.

Filed under: copycat, design, remember, wannabe

Psychedelic, dude!

American Artifact chronicles the rise of American rock poster art since its birth in the ’60s. Groovy, baby!

Director Merle Becker crosses the country interviewing rock poster artists from the different eras to discover that America is currently in the midst of a 21st century “rock poster art movement”, where thousands of artists around the country are doing silk screened rock poster art inspired by their local scene, the music of our time, and the spirit of our era.

The film features interviews with renown artists including Stanley Mouse, Victor Moscoso, Frank Kozik, Art Chantry (I know, what’s a guy that goes by the name “Art” gonna do in life? Sell refrigerators!), Emek Golan, Tara McPherson, Derek Hess, Chris Cooper, Jay Ryan, and more, as well as fans, collectors, and musicians.

Scheduled release for the film is June 20th, 2009.

Filed under: american, art, artifact, illustration, poster, rise, rock

Creative Review Redesign

And speaking of grids, Creative Review has built a new and no frills home on the web courtesy (although I am sure it cost more than courtesy) of the Bureau for Visual Affairs.

Link via good ole Computer Love.

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